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March 27, 2017

My Favorite Lip Colors for Spring & A Giveaway

Spring is probably my second favorite season coming in after Fall being on the top of my list. I love the anticipation for a beautiful time of the year and the mild temperatures mixed with lots of sunshine. I also get really excited to pull out all my favorite Spring lip products which means color, color, and more COLOR!
lip color for spring

One of my goals for this year on the blog was to do more beauty posts, and I'm really having fun sharing my favorite things and opinions on products with you.
best spring lipstick
Color swatches are shown top to bottom with the descriptions below :)

Colour Pop Lumiere is one of their lippie stix in a light pink with some mauve tones. It is matte and is a nice light color. I think it's a great every day look and was seriously impressed for the low price of $5. This is something I reach for often because it applies nicely and can be worn with so many looks.
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Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Bella is one of my favorites to wear because of the beautiful bright pink color. It has a matte finish and glides on so easily which is a huge plus for me. I honestly prefer lipsticks that come in a gloss type tube because they are easier for me to apply. I wear this color all times of the year because I love it so much, but it totally screams Spring to me.

Maybelline Pink Sugar is from their Color Sensational Creamy Matte line and I picked it up at Ulta last year after Caitlin from Southern Curls & Pearls recommended it. I love the color, but it doesn't apply great which is a huge bummer. I even tried it with the MAC Prep & Prime and it still wasn't so hot. I haven't tried any other colors from the line after being bummed about this one, but it may work better for someone else.

MAC Candy Yum Yum is the prettiest pink color and another one I reach for all the time. It's a nice creamy color that I honestly think would look great on anyone. If you couldn't tell yet I'm a big fan of pink lips--I didn't used to be, but after taking a chance on a bold lip I haven't turned back.
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Kylie Cosmetics Valentine- I'm not going to lie, I was a nervous to purchase something on the pricier end without being able to see it in person and check it out first. I follow Jaclyn Hill on Snapchat, and when she tried them out and loved them I knew I would. She's very honest so I was excited to purchase this color. I'm so impressed with the quality and how long lasting it is- the pencil that it comes with is great and the color stays on pretty much all day. I do re-apply after I eat my lunch automatically, and honestly you could go without doing that if you wanted to. The pink is similar to the Stila Bella color but I love me a bright pop of pink, so I got this too.

Stila Color Balm Lipstick in Amelia- okay, maybe I purchased this because of the name ;) It's not the same spelling, but it's close so I had to try it out. It's very pigmented and also creamy so it looks beautiful on. It's more on the lighter side for me, but another great fun color that I enjoy.
MAC lip colors
Smashbox Dream Huge is a matte liquid lipstick that is actually used on set in their studio and of course, another one I LOVED for the name. Dream Big...or Dream Huge- I love it. Another pinky mauve color that seriously lasts forever. It has Smashbox Primer infused in it which must help with the long lasting effect, and I love the brush applicator too. Seriously amazing all around and I can't wait to try out more colors--I'm thinking I need a nude or neutral next.

Tell me--what's your favorite spring lip color?

To get you fresh and ready for a new season, a group of us blogger babes have teamed up to gift one lucky person a $75 Sephora or Ulta gift card --winner's choice and a bunch of my tried and true favorite products including a GlamGlow mask, Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara, a BECCA Highlighter and more. The giveaway ends Sunday April 2, so be sure to check back on the blog next week to see if you're the winner!

Thank you for all your support and constant love, good luck!

The Giveaway Gals:

Kate  Macy  Emily  

March 24, 2017

My New Favorite Pizza

I love pizza, and I know I'm not alone. There's so many good options out there and if you think about it, the possibilities are endless...especially with all the types of crusts and toppings.
I love making pizza at home, while I haven't attempted to make my own crust I do enjoy coming up with different flavors. This one was born when I ran out of pizza sauce making two different kinds and opted for olive oil as a sauce. This pepper pizza has become one of my favorites.

You will need:
Pizza crust- I like trying wheat or whole grain crusts
Olive oil- amount depends on the size of your crust
Garlic salt
Shredded cheese- I switch it up depending on my mood. This time I used a pizza blend of mozzarella, monterrey jack and cheddar- so good
Bell peppers- 1/2 of each, diced

To make:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees
Prep your crust by putting a small spoonful of olive oil and covering completely
Top with a few shakes of garlic salt and desired amount of cheese
Add your peppers on top and put in the oven
Bake 7-10 minutes, I do 9 because I love a crispy crust

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It is SO good, the right amount of salty with a hint of sweet and I don't feel so guilty with all that meat or pizza sauce. It's a nice light meal that sometimes I take in my lunch to work to enjoy.

Remember, when the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie...that's amore! Love and pizza, it makes the world go round. Happy eating friends!

March 22, 2017

Why You Should Always Listen To Your Heart

I'm a huge believer in doing your own thing or going your own way, because why would you want to live your life in any way but pure happiness?!
But there are often times where situations lead us to make a tough decision. Maybe we are doing what we think is right instead of what we really believe. There's always outsiders who don't know the whole story and are just seeing a page of our struggles, dreams, or plans. 

I find myself often questioning if I should be doing more with my blog like these bigger bloggers say. That I shouldn't get some free products and share a review about it unless I'm being paid in cash too. Then I'm reminded of why I started this blog in the first place- as a creative outlet, to do something for me, to express myself in a fun way. It's extremely fun and also a lot of work to partner with brands, but I go with my gut based on what a company is looking for when I collaborate on a post and what I expect in return.

We all have our own pace throughout our walk of life, and it's one I want to enjoy. I don't want to do things because other people my age are doing them, or my circle of friends have accomplished milestones and now I should. I want to beat to my own drum and make decisions for me that make my mind, body and soul happy.

Maybe you're contemplating a new career path, or wondering if you want to start a family, or don't agree with a big plan you and your partner are making...listen to your heart.

Listen to your heart, only you know what it's telling you--don't let anyone make you think you different. I want you to remember that even though our dreams may be different sizes, they are all still very meaningful. 

March 20, 2017

Chicken Fajita Sweet Potato Skins

Have you seen those video recipes on Facebook? You watch them and are thinking "oh wow look at that a delicious meal in a little 30 second video...I can do this" No. Have you ever actually read through one of them? Most are way complicated and have a million ingredients.
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Then I stumbled upon this one for chicken fajita sweet potato skins a friend shared, and wow was I impressed. I watched it two or three times to make sure I wasn't being tricked. Not to mention, I knew I had almost everything on the ingredients list at home which is always a win.

Chuck usually likes my cooking, or at least he says he does. But I also make a lot of things I know he enjoys or use things that we typically do when I make a meal. I would say I'm more adventurous with my tastes. I made these sweet potato skins for dinner last week before I went to yoga and he actually ate some, which I wasn't expecting. I had left a note that dinner was in the kitchen and came home to him saying he could have ate all of them, it was great.

The whole thing didn't take too long and they are really delicious and different. I love trying new things and especially enjoy when it's not too difficult ( a common theme among my recipe and DIY shares).

You will need:
2 sweet potatoes
1 chicken breast
1 onion
various bell peppers of your choice, sliced (use 1/2 of each)
3 tablespoons mozzarella cheese
olive oil
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

To make:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
Poke holes down the center of each sweet potato
Microwave for 3 to 5 minutes, or until softened
 *I did 5 minutes and it seemed to be a little too long so I would start with 3 and go from there
Remove from microwave and cut each potato in half
Carve out the centers leaving a small rim around the outside of each sweet potato
Place parchment paper on a baking sheet
Place sweet potatoes on one side of the sheet and the bell peppers and onion on the other side
Drizzle olive oil over everything
Next mix the chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, salt and pepper together
Sprinkle over the food on the baking sheet
Place the chicken breast on top of the vegetables
Drizzle additional olive oil and top with more seasoning
Bake 20-25 minutes or until chicken reaches 165 degrees
Shred the chicken with two forks and mix together with the veggies
Fill up the sweet potatoes and top with mozzarella cheese
Bake for 5 more minutes, or until cheese is melted
Add your favorite toppings if desired, such as guacamole and cilantro or salsa

*I forgot an onion so I used 1 teaspoon onion powder and it also worked great.
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I hope you make them and enjoy a nice meal--these are great for meal prep and lunches on the go. Warm up for a few minutes and eat throughout the week, yum!

Have a great week friends! Happy cooking!